If you are in Ottawa and looking for some family friendly, fun and unique activities to do over the August long weekend, I’ve rounded up a list that I think you’ll love.
If you end up staying home this weekend, browse my activities section for some creative crafts and games!
August Long Weekend in Ottawa:
Get ready to geek out – this one is for kids young and old! As a new cadet recruit, this immersive experience will take you from student orientation through to graduation, and to the deck of an active Starship! Running daily until September 5, your ticket also includes FREE admission to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and 50% admission at the Canada Agriculture and food Museum!
Celebrating its 25th year, the Ottawa International Buskerfest has world-class performances and shows running on Sparks Street in the heart of Ottawa from July 28 to August 1.
Head down to the Ottawa Locks on the Rideau Canal (between Parliament Hill and Chateau Laurier) to celebrate the creation of the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site and the history of Bytown. Events run daily from July 30 to August 1.
FOOD! While in enjoying the long weekend in the Capital, why not grab a bite at the Capital Ribfest? Located in the Festival Plaza next to City Hall at 110 Laurier Street, this family friendly event offers live entertainment on top of all the yummy treats! A portion of the proceeds go to support the Ottawa Foodbank.
Take the drive to Maxville, Ontario (about an hour east of Ottawa off Highway 417) to experience all things Scottish. The Glengarry Highland Games features music, dance, sports, fiddling, and more! I love that there are performances and activities that include all ages. Fingers crossed for amazing weather!
Come to Parliament Hill to experience a thrilling sound and light show that illuminates Canada’s history. This free show is presented nightly until September 10, 2016. (Note to self: My family needs to go here!)
What are your plans for the long weekend?